SRINAGAR: The recent decision pronounced by the the J&K State Information Commission to bring Acharya Shri Chander College of Medical Sciences and Hospital Sidhra Jammu (ASCOMS) under the provisions of J&K Right to Information Act (RTI) has been hailed by the RTI activists and Civil Society .
In a statement RTI Activist and founder of J&K RTI Movement Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat said that it is historical order of the State Information Commission and applauded the Chief Information Commissioner G R Sufi for this.
We request the Chief Information Commissioner to avail the services of strong and efficient government lawyers in case the order is challenged by the ASCOMS in the higher judiciary, the statement said. Pertinent to mention that CIC had declared J&K Bank a Public Authority last year but the JK Bank got that order stayed and till date that stay order hasnt been vacated
RTI activist Balvinder Singh of Jammu had sought certain information from ASCOMS but the college had denied information reasoning that ASCOMS is a private Medical college. After this the RTI applicants approached the State Information Commission and the SIC in its order pronounced on March 1st at Jammu noticed that ASCOMS Medical College is controlled by J&K Govt, Jammu University and Medical Council of India and has been provided concessional land by Govt; so these things fill the criteria for ASCOMS to be a public authority. SIC directed the ASCOMS Medical College to designate PIO and further directed them to provide the information under J&K RTI Act 2009 to the RTI applicants
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